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Report: NFL, NFLPA agree on salary cap ceiling for 2022

What does it mean for the Chiefs?

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The NFL has come to terms with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) on a salary cap “ceiling” for 2022, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. It is $208.2 million, which, if it reaches that number, would be a more-than-$25.7 million bump up across the league from 2021.

Our Brandon Kiley was all over it:

The Chiefs actually came in somewhere around $188.4 million in 2021, due to rollover, something they have continued to emphasize as they made moves this offseason. Any unused cap in 2021 can be rolled over to 2022. The Chiefs, as a front office, feel the more money they can convert to rollover salary, the more flexible they become.

It’s important to note, however, that there is no guarantee the salary cap will be $208.2 million in 2022; that figure only represents the maximum it could be. If the normal calculation of the salary cap returns a figure above $208.2 million, the extra money will be used to repay some of the long-term player benefit payments that were suspended in 2020. This will allow the league to get those benefit funds back on track ahead of schedule.

Last year, the league developed a cap floor due to the coronavirus pandemic and the revenue shortfall that came as a result of it. The announcement of a cap ceiling is the league’s owners’ first step in correcting the money they might have lost as a result of the pandemic.

With an expected return to normalcy for this year’s season, it is reasonable to think the league can get to the $208.2 million ceiling, but that figure will not be known and confirmed until next offseason, when league revenue from 2021 is tallied and confirmed.

It is obvious, but the closer to the ceiling the NFL can get, the easier the Chiefs’ decisions will become.